COTS Partners with Radio Amateurs for Field Day Benefit

Posted On June 24, 2015 By | No Comments on COTS Partners with Radio Amateurs for Field Day Benefit

This weekend, the Radio Amateurs of Northern Vermont (RANV) will set up a self-contained radio communications facility as part of their unique Field Day Event. For the first time ever, this standing tradition will include COTS!

Each year RANV takes part in a Field Day event, sponsored by the American Radio Relay League. Once their communications facility is set up, ham radio operators contact similarly equipped stations across the United States and Canada. The event simulates a disaster scenario in which infrastructure is heavily damaged and cannot be used (that usually means no power, no phone, no Internet, and no permanent structures).

RANV builds a radio facility in a field in Williston from scratch, bringing equipment, antennas and temporary shelters (tents) to house the participants during the event. The equipment is powered by generators and batteries.  In a world where we are so reliant on modern technology, this is truly a one of a kind event!

Field Day is both an exercise and competition. During the course of the 24-hour event, RANV members rack up between 4000 and 5000 contacts with stations from every U.S. state and most provinces in Canada.  Mindful of the shelter connection, Mitch Stern of RANV, reached out to COTS to see how this event could also raise awareness and funds for COTS. We are thrilled that RANV has generously chosen COTS as the beneficiary of the fundraising portion of this event!

RANV is inviting individuals and organizations to make pledges for each radio contact made over the course of the two day event.  At the lowest pledge level, 1 penny per contact, supporters will be donating between $40-50 after all contacts are tallied. Supporters can also make direct donations to COTS.

Through this partnership, RANV hopes to get people interested in the Field Day event and to create a cheerleading atmosphere, all while raising money for shelter and services for people experiencing homelessness in the community. Make a pledge donation for this Field Day fundraiser now – all proceeds benefit COTS shelter and services!

We are so excited to be a part of this unique weekend.  We would definitely recommend stopping by the camp in Williston to checkout all of the action. It’s not every day you see this many amateur radio mavens making connections all over the continent. Visitors can find the camp site in a field on Redmond Road, off of Mountainview Drive in Williston. Hours for visiting are Saturday 2 – 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Pretty cool stuff, huh? We know who we are calling in the event of a zombie apocalypse!

The Radio Amateurs of Northern Vermont is a non-profit, charitable and educational organization headquartered in South Burlington, Vermont. Their specific mission is to promote Amateur Radio and they currently have 107 members.

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